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Tom Hanks | Colin Hanks with his daughter | Source: Getty Images | instagram.com/ritawilson
Tom Hanks | Colin Hanks with his daughter | Source: Getty Images | instagram.com/ritawilson

Grandpa Tom Hanks Reveals His Love & Devotion to Granddaughters — Nobody Cared for Him as a Kid

Salwa Nadeem
Jun 16, 2023
02:00 P.M.
  • The "A Man Called Otto" actor once lived a difficult life as a child when he saw his parents part ways.
  • He revealed how moving houses and living away from his parents made him feel lonely. Craving for companionship, the actor tied the knot with his first wife, but their marriage soon ended.
  • He tied the knot again and believed his second wife was the woman he had been looking for. Now, the couple loves spending time with their three granddaughters.
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Tom Hanks actor rose to fame in the 1980s after he landed his first few roles in Hollywood movies. His role as Josh Baskin in the 1988 movie "Big" gave him fame and success, skyrocketing his acting career to new heights.

At that point, Hanks had established himself as an actor before he went on to give more super-hit films. While his fans praised his success, not many knew that their favorite actor had a rocky childhood.

Tom Hanks in West Hollywood, California, 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks in West Hollywood, California, 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Being the youngest of his siblings, Hanks saw his parents' marriage come to an end at a very young age. He was five when they divorced, which marked the beginning of a new era in the actor's life.

In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Hanks revealed that he spent his childhood moving houses and had to look after himself, adding:

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"We were tasked with making our own lunches and dinners."

Tom Hanks on March 30, 1987 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks on March 30, 1987 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Despite having a difficult childhood, Hanks was never abused, but he also didn't get the care he wanted. During the interview, he said he "pretended to be somebody he's not" when he was a kid. The actor confessed it felt lonely to live without adults supervising him.

Why Did Tom Hanks Call Himself the Worst Dad after a Hard Divorce?

After living a difficult life as a child, Hanks tied the knot at an early age in hopes of getting rid of his loneliness. He wanted to have a partner, so he married his first wife, Samantha Lewes, at 21.

Tom Hanks with his daughter, Elizabeth, in France, 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks with his daughter, Elizabeth, in France, 1994 | Source: Getty Images

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During their short-lived marriage, the couple welcomed two children, Colin and Elizabeth Ann Hanks. Speaking about what he felt after becoming a father for the first time, Hanks shared:

"Having a kid at 21 was the greatest thing that ever happened to me because I didn't smoke pot."

Tom Hanks and son Colin Hanks in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and son Colin Hanks in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

However, things did not work out between Hanks and Lewes, which made them part ways. The "Cast Away" actor confessed divorcing his wife brought back memories from his childhood. He didn't want his children to feel the same way he did when his parents parted ways.

Truman Hanks, Tom Hanks, and Chet Hanks on March 24, 2015 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Truman Hanks, Tom Hanks, and Chet Hanks on March 24, 2015 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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"I couldn't be a worse father," Tom recalled of the painful time his children watched their parents end their marriage. He didn't want his kids to worry about his failed marriage.

After going through that rough patch in his life, the actor learned that children should have a "carefree life for as long as possible." He believes parents should not put their kids in a position where they have to worry about life problems.

Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chet Hanks, and Truman Theodore Hanks on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chet Hanks, and Truman Theodore Hanks on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Soon after parting ways with his first wife, Hanks married Rita Wilson, who later gave birth to his two other children, Chet and Truman Hanks. When he met Wilson, he believed she was the right woman for him and thought he wouldn't "ever be lonely anymore."

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How Does Tom Hanks Care For His 3 Granddaughters Nowadays?

After giving their children the best life possible, Hanks and Wilson now enjoy spending time with their three granddaughters—Olivia and Charlotte, courtesy of Colin, and Michaiah from Chet.

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The couple's grandchildren keep them entertained. According to Hanks, "All you gotta do is love those little brats and they're better than TV." Then he corrected himself, adding, "They're not little brats, they're extraordinary young women."

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, and their family members on March 29, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, and their family members on March 29, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Wilson shared that it is essential to be attentive and "hang out" with their grandchildren. Thus, she engages in outdoor activities with them, including jumping on the trampoline, swimming, and playing tennis. As for Hanks, while this is all good, he believes perfecting mac and cheese is just as crucial.

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